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C h i n e s A c u p u n c t u r e ~ M a r g a r e t D e l b r i d g e T r a d i t i o n a l C h i n e s e A c u p u n c t u r e

MARGARET DELBRIDGE

MA (Cantab.) B.Sc. Lic Ac Member of the British Acupuncture Council

Tel: 01803 842 411

Many people are unsure about what an acupuncture treatment involves or what it can do for them. Here are a few of the questions I am most frequently asked.

WHO HAS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies & children. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GO FOR A TREATMENT?

You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. I will feel your pulses on both wrists and ask to look at your tongue. I will then select the acupuncture points most suited for you.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? DO THE NEEDLES HURT?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

Frequency and length of treatment depends on the individual. Some change is usually felt after five treatments. Occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need long-term treatment.

SHOULD MY DOCTOR KNOW?

If you have been prescribed medication it makes sense to tell your doctor that you are having acupuncture. Bring a list of any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to treatment.

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